By Bill Hand
Craven Community College set loose 616 graduates on the world Saturday morning.
Seated under a large canvas pavilion to keep them shaded from a hot sun, the graduates listened to music and speeches before receiving their diplomas, flipping their mortarboards, and entering the next phase of their lives.
“Where are you going next?” student government president Tyler Toohey asked his class. He challenged them to “be dangerous,” live a life of “fierce resistance” and to “think outside the box.
Toohey said that, when he first came to the campus, “I had very little direction, my passions (were) unknown.” But, once there, “I’ve had the privilege of meeting wonderful people… who have an incomprehensible drive to do more, who have aspirations to break through, to save lives.” Looking over his class he said, “These are hopefully very dangerous people. Go change the world.”